For Orr Fellows, leadership and determination aren't concepts limited to the workplace. While lessons learned in BLM's (business leadership meetings) and design thinking courses benefit the 9-5, a recent community event highlighted what happens when innovation meets community outreach. Last week, in partnership with Indy Hunger Network, Indy Do Day, and Elanco, the Orr Fellowship participated in a community outreach event like none other. Coined ‘Circling Hunger’ (or #circlinghunger for those of you on twitter) the event mobilized over 100 volunteers that convened at Monument Circle (the center of Downtown Indy) in unison, to promote Indy Do Day, a city-wide day of service, and to raise awareness surrounding the issue of hunger in our local community. The "flash mob" type of event has succeeded in generating media buzz around the city, and collected over 100 pounds of canned goods to be distributed throughout local food banks. Below is a short video of the successful and rewarding event.
Taking part in this event was an invigorating experience. From meeting with influential community leaders to being inspired by my peers at every turn, it has demonstrated the power of collaboration. Individually, societal problems such as hunger, homelessness, and poverty often seem insurmountable even at the most local level. However, as illustrated last week, it is possible to create a dedicated community coalition, start a discussion within the community, and make a material difference.
This year, the Orr Fellowship has taken steps to become more entrenched in the non-profit sector of Indianapolis, by creating a number of partnerships with local organizations. As young professionals, we recognize this city has already given us so much. It is our obligation to support the community around us, and to create opportunities for the next generation of innovators.
Participation in the Orr Fellowship opens up countless opportunities to become civically engaged within the local Indianapolis community and beyond. If you are a well-rounded student that desires work experience, volunteer opportunities, and a social network of likeminded individuals, I would encourage you to apply.
Are you a non-profit that the Fellowship could volunteer or partner with? Please send me an email at alex.tallentire@orrfellowship.